The Washington Post today announced plans for its 2018 midterm elections coverage, which will provide readers with deep reporting and a broad analysis of the trends that are shaping the race for control of Congress and the ability to explore the people and issues close to home.
Coming this summer, The Post will launch a campaign newsletter anchored by National Political Reporter David Weigel which will offer an authoritative, comprehensive chronicle of both the 2018 midterm elections and look ahead to the 2020 presidential race. The newsletter will leverage Weigel’s unparalleled expertise and his uniquely engaging approach to covering politics at every level.
The Post is deploying a growing team of journalists to cover the campaign, including Dan Balz, Michael Scherer, Mary Jordan, Robert Costa, Jenna Johnson, and Michelle Ye Hee Lee. The Post recently hired Campaign Editor Cathleen Decker and soon will be announcing additional hires and moves on its national politics staff to enhance its dominant coverage ahead of the 2020 cycle.
The Post’s award-winning political investigations team, along with its congressional correspondents, will provide in-depth reporting and analysis of midterm candidates, major donors, critical issues, races and trends. The Post also plans to expand its newly established national politics breaking news team, ensuring readers get the latest developments from the campaign. The Fix, The Post’s destination for sophisticated and fast analysis, will put the midterms in context, while the Fact Checker will continue to provide a real-time accounting of who’s telling the truth and who isn’t.
“We are dedicated to engaging and informing readers about what’s happening in their local elections as well as the broader national trends,” said Peter Wallsten, senior politics editor for The Post. “Add the use of data to our top-notch reporting, and The Washington Post will be the place to turn to for the most current midterm election news.”
New state-level pages, available for all states and the District of Columbia, include analysis from Post reporters and interactive graphics that let readers explore results by county and see how districts voted in the 2016 election. State pages will also include Viewpoints, a new feature that highlights opinion pieces on key topics hand-curated by the Opinions team.
The Politics team will also use The Post’s automated storytelling technology, Heliograf, to help tell election stories at the district level, such as details about current office-holders, their challengers, key voter information and the district’s voting history. Heliograf will keep these hundreds of pages up-to-date as the election season progresses.
The Post will also offer real-time, precinct-level results data when possible for special elections, giving readers a way to see how candidates are faring with urban, suburban and rural voters and allowing them to instantly compare those results with those from the 2016 presidential race.
Keeping track of key election dates will be easier than ever with The Post’s election calendar, which readers can add to their personal calendar on their phone or Gmail account. Each calendar entry is kept up-to-date by Post editors and includes when the event is happening and where to follow coverage.
For key primary races and the general election, The Washington Post will host live video programming broadcast from the Washington, D.C. newsroom. The shows will feature the latest race results and analysis from The Post’s politics staff and opinion writers.